- To give proper credit to the ideas you have referenced.
Scholarly research always involves building on the ideas of other researchers. Citations are a way to show appreciation for the time and effort of fellow researchers.
- To make your sources easily identifiable.
Other scholars may want to use some of the same sources you did, or check your sources to make certain your research is well-founded. Proper citation style will ensure that your sources can be easily identified.
For more information on why and when to cite, see: